So Percussion to Play at Carnegie Hall

Sō Percussion returns to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing a characteristically diverse program of collaborative works with composer/musicians native to the intersection of popular and art music: Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond), Steven Mackey, and Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto).

February 12, 2016, 9pm at Zankel Hall

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Tickets & More Info

Drumkit Quartets (2011) by GLENN KOTCHE
   #50 (Leffinge, Chicago) 
   #54 (Vienna)
#51(Tokyo, Brisbane, Berlin) with YUKA HONDA, voice
   #3 Movement III (Minneapolis, Chicago)

Migrations (2015) by GLENN KOTCHE
with GLENN KOTCHE, percussion
World Premiere, Commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Drumkit Quartet #1 (Los Angeles, Russell, Auckland) (2011) by GLENN KOTCHE
with GLENN KOTCHE, percussion

Before It Is Time (2015) by STEVEN MACKEY
with SHARA WORDEN, soprano
New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Timeline (2015) by SHARA WORDEN and SO PERCUSSION

with Shara Worden, soprano
New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

This program contains three Carnegie Hall commissions – including two New York premieres, and the Glenn Kotche Migrations in its world premiere – as part of Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project, celebrating Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary with more than one hundred twenty-five commissions over five seasons.

This concert showcases Sō Percussion’s distinctive model of composer collaborations, a process beginning with a flexible, playful, world-class performance capability offered to the composer’s distinctive artistic vision and voice, enabling the creation of a work of compelling specificity. Sō Percussion gives every piece a thorough development, with workshop performances and multiple seasons of touring performances, ensuring an ample opportunity for the work to enter the repertoire.

Each work on this program are in the midst of this process: Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartet’s have been part of Sō’s repertoire since 2011, and are being released as a recording from Cantaloupe Music on February 27, 2016; Timeline was written by Sō Percussion and Shara Worden together last season, and given performances in Austin, Dublin, and at Princeton University; Steven Mackey’s Before It Is Time is a expansion of an early sketch for his 2010 work for So Percussion, It Is Time (another Carnegie Hall commission); and Glenn Kotche’s Migrations is a world premiere, heard here in its first public performance.

Additionally, this concert offers a snapshot of a important aspect of 21st music (one that is notably expressed by So Percussion’s artistry and career): the thawing of formerly icy divisions between high art and pop culture, in a manner characteristic of the Information Age.


So Percussion plays the Bonnaroo Festival June 13th – Rolling Stone Magazine calls it a “don’t miss!”


Our first ever appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival is generating even more buzz than we imagined it would!

Rolling Stone, in their massive “Ultimate Guide” to Bonnaroo 2015, says:

“…don’t miss New York’s ambitious new music quartet So Percussion on Saturday morning. A very rare taste of Modern classical in a big American summer festival setting…”

The blog “No Country for New Nashville” calls it a “definite must see” alongside acts such as Flying Lotus and Tears for Fears.

Information about our midday set at Bonnarroo can be found HERE.

Brassland releases “Music for Wood and Strings” May 19th

So Percussion’s 18th Studio album arrives this May with “Music for Wood and Strings,” Bryce Dessner’s ambitious quartet for the newly invented “chordstick” instrument.  Check out a sample of the record on Soundcloud below, as well as a documentary about the making of this recording on!

On the righthand panel, you’ll find all the links to pre-order the album from Brassland or your favorite digital outlets.  Enjoy!